The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987

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New World Library, 2007 - Social Science - 348 pages
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In these pages, the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell presents twelve eclectic, far-ranging and brilliant essays exploring myth in all its dimensions: its history; its influence on art, literature, and culture; and its role in everyday life. This second volume of Campbellís essays (followingFlight of the Wild Gander) brings together uncollected writings from 1959 to 1987. Written at the height of Campbellís career ó and showcasing the lively intelligence that made him the twentieth centuryís premier writer on mythology ó these essays investigate the profound links among myth, the individual, and societies ancient and contemporary. Covering diverse terrain ranging from psychology to the occult, from Thomas Mann to the Grateful Dead, from Goddess spirituality to Freud and Jung, these playful and erudite writings reveal the threads of myth woven deeply into the fabric of our culture and our lives.
  

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Review: The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-87 (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

This summation of a comparative mythology class as an introduction to cross-cultural studies (largely within the collegiate system of over fifty year ago) was incredibly interesting. As an avid fan of ... Read full review

Review: The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-87 (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

A collection of Campbell essays, probably only for diehard fans of his, which I obviously am. Read full review

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Notes
299
Bibliography
321
Index
325
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349
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Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987.

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